Russian Cargo ship listing off Stokes Bay near Portsmouth

HM Coastguard is currently assisting a Russian flagged vessel that has a significant list just outside Portsmouth Harbour.

Although the vessel has developed a considerable list, it has power and is currently stable. The vessel is at anchor in the Solent and a pilot vessel is assessing the vessel’s stability and cargo. The 13 crew onboard are reported to be safe and well.

HM Coastguard is currently issuing navigational safety broadcasts every half hour to warn shipping in the area and a tug and an All Weather Lifeboat are standing by on scene.

The weather forecast is poor with severe gales and rough seas expected later today. Discussions are underway with the owners of the vessel and the vessel’s agent.

The SOSREP, HM Coastguard Commander, Duty Surveyor, Counter Pollution, Receiver of Wreck, Southampton Harbour Master and Portsmouth Duty Queen’s Harbour Master have all been informed of the incident. Further updates will be issued as the situation develops.